Posted: April 2, 2020

Engaging Veterans in Research Toolkit


This toolkit is intended for investigators and research team members who wish to engage Veterans as stakeholders in the design, implementation, and/or dissemination of their research. Veteran engagement refers to the meaningful, bi-directional involvement of Veterans in the research process. In this context, Veteran engagement does not refer to Veteran participation as subjects of a research study or as a member of a focus group. Instead, they are engaged as active stakeholders who contribute feedback on the direction of the study while it is being planned, conducted, and/or disseminated. The feedback given by Veterans is based on personal experience that is relevant to the research topic being studied. Their experiences in the military, with a specific health condition, or with receiving Veterans Administration (VA) services gives them a unique perspective and expertise that can serve to improve the quality and impact of research. This toolkit contains guidance and resources researchers can use to effectively engage Veterans. Potential benefits include improved recruitment rates and diversity of participants, reduction in missing data or loss to follow-up, identification and refinement of high priority patient-centered outcomes, and enhanced uptake and impact of research findings.


Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital
Nicole Brys, MPH, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - Infectious Disease

Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME), Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD), Interprofessional


Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)

Self-Directed Learning


Military, Engagement, Veterans, Research, Recruitment, Quality, Stakeholders, Research Design, Toolkit, Veterans Administration, Implementation